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LE Designs Blog Monthly Events
1st Thursday of the month - A review of a craft product
2nd Thursday of the month - Craft room inspiration
3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
4th Thursday of the month - A craft room storage idea
Any 5th Thursday in a month - *GIVEAWAY*

Thursday, 12 June 2014

CASology 99

Before I share my latest entry for the CASology challenge, I would just like to say thank you to them all again for selecting my poppy card as worthy of an honourable mention. It really meant a lot :-)

As all Uniko Studio fans will know, the lovely Bev released another fabulous set of stamps this week. As soon as I saw the sneak peek of the Hummingbird set, I knew I just HAD to have it. It arrived in the post this morning and I wanted to use it straight away - so I did. Since the stamps have a very Art Deco feel to them, I decided to replicate this by using my deco cutter on the corners of the card and keeping the colours to a minimum.

As you may have read, I have become a wee bit too obsessed by shaker cards!! I really didn't set out to make another one, but I began thinking how complicated and yet quite fabulous it would be to make the hummingbird a shaker……so I set to work.

I decided that I wanted to emboss directly on to acetate which I knew was quite tricky to do. I had previously tried stamping and embossing and both were a complete disaster because the ink just smudged and the acetate was too static all over to withstand the embossing powder on the non embossed parts…..but I have found a trick that works. When I was undertaking the Watercolour for Card Makers Class, Jennifer Raza told us that if you didn't have an embossing buddy pad to rub over your card stock pre embossing to remove static, you could use cornstarch just sprinkled over (corn flower to us in the UK) and then wiped of with a baby wipe. I decided to try this with the acetate - I placed a large sprinkling of it in the centre and rubbed it all over the acetate ensuring a thin film of it was covering the whole area. I stamped my image and then covered with gold embossing powder. I was delighted with the result  - there were a few patches of stray EP, but i just wiped this off with my finger before heat setting.

Using foam pads on the hummingbird was a NIGHTMARE!!!! But, one technique I did do, was to colour some of the pads with a gold metallic pen before adding to the hummingbird so they would not be so noticeable!! This seemed to work quite well.

Anyway, enough talking - here is the card….

I hadn't originally planned to add sequins outside of the shaker, but at the last minute I got a bit ink on my finger which ended up on the card….ahhhh!!! The sequins therefore hide that nicely!!

As always, Any comments so very much appreciated.

Laura xx

Resources used
Cardstock - White and Black card stock from Papermill Direct, Acetate from Stationery Express
Inks - Onyx Black Versafine, Gold Papermania EP
Stamps - Paradise Hummingbird & Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum (Sentiment)
Embellishments - Sequins from Hobbycarft
Tools - We R Memory Keepers Art Deco Chomper


  1. Such a pretty anniversary card, and I like the little art deco decorative elements. I must say that I have used sequins more than once to cover up little ink smudges, which only seem to pop up right when everything else is done on the card.

  2. Beautiful hummingbird embossed in gold! Thank you so much for sharing with us at CASology!

  3. RICH.lustrous and GORGEOUS!!!

    Thanks for joining CASology in the celebrations, tune in we have more to come and blog candy!, so check out CASology's post TODAY to see what is coming!!!!

    ---Also check out my special post tomorrow -for MORE Fun, Prize and a GAME!

  4. Laura...are you amazing or what? This is the most breath-taking, stunning showcase of the Uniko hummingbird I've seen! A shaker card! Brilliant! You've obviously fallen for this 'technique' , and with good reason: you create magic with them!! The gold embossing, red sequins, the art deco corners...I thought butterflies induced swooning, but this hummingbird...wow, wow and wow! Love, love and love this gem! Impressed, dazzled, delighted. You are truly awesome!! Hugs~c